Which Injuries and Illnesses are Notifiable?
Answering the question, "Which workplace injuries and illnesses must be notified to Workplace Health and Safety Queensland, and when?".
The injuries or illnesses that require hospitalisation, or require attention ASAP are generally what's considered 'notifiable'.
Here are some examples of serious as outlined by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland:
• When unhooking crane lifting straps a worker falls to the ground hitting their head causing a fractured skull and rib injuries. Whether the worker is admitted to hospital or not, this is notifiable as a serious injury requiring immediate treatment for a serious head injury.
• A circular saw operator severs a finger and is treated at the emergency department but is not admitted to hospital. This is notifiable as a serious injury requiring immediate treatment for an amputation.
• A worker fell from a ladder and suffers a deep laceration exposing bone, tendons and muscle, requiring 30 stitches at the emergency department. While not admitted to hospital this is notifiable as a serious injury requiring immediate treatment for a serious laceration.
• A residential care cleaner using hazardous chemicals sprays some on their eye causing a serious injury likely to result in partial vision loss. The worker receives treatment at the emergency department but is not admitted to hospital. Again, this is notifiable, requiring immediate treatment.
• A worker sustains a severe spinal disc injury while pushing a full industrial bin up an incline and receives immediate treatment at a medical centre and is unable to work for four weeks. This is a serious injury requiring immediate treatment for a spinal injury.
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